Lorri and I went to check out The King's Speech at the Grand Cinema in Tacoma today. We decided at 11:00 to catch the the 1:50 show. Two reasons--the Seahawks were being buried in Chicago snow and Jay Cutler's passes, and Lorri wants to watch the Golden Globes tonight. We got there just in time as the small theater at the art house was filling fast.
We were not disappointed. The King's Speech is a great story about the Duke of York, Bertie, the man who would become King George VI and how he overcame his severe stammer. The movie tells the story of how he worked with Lionel Logue, an Australian speech therapist living in London to overcome a deathly fear of public speaking to eventually touch the British people as war broke out in Europe. Without giving anything away, it's a tremendous story well told. No explosions, car chases, or 3D effect to embellish the tale, just a tremendous narrative.
Oh, and it's a movie with tremendous performances. Colin Firth is convincing as the stammering, reluctant king, no, more than convincing, he was excellent. Overshadowing him just a little bit, however is Geoffrey Rush's turn as Logue. The two together have great chemistry as they work together, feud and find sometimes humorous remedies to Bertie's humbling disability. Helena Bonham Carter is wonderful as The Duchess of York/Queen Elizabeth who continually seeks answers for her husband's humiliating problem. A great supporting cast including Derek Jacobi, Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall, Jennifer Ehle and Guy Pearce.
Don't miss this movie. I can't recommend it highly enough